What does harsh mean?

Definitions for harsh
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word harsh.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harsh, rough(adj)

    unpleasantly stern

    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

  2. harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the senses

    "the harsh cry of a blue jay"; "harsh cognac"; "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"; "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"

  3. coarse, harsh(adj)

    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"

  4. harsh, rough(adj)

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

  5. harsh(adj)

    severe

    "a harsh penalty"

  6. harsh, abrasive(adj)

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

Wiktionary

  1. harsh(Verb)

    To negatively criticize.

    Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!

  2. harsh(Verb)

    to put a damper on (a mood).

    Dude, you're harshing my buzz.

  3. harsh(Adjective)

    Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.

  4. harsh(Adjective)

    Severe or cruel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harsh(adj)

    rough; disagreeable; grating

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  2. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the touch

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  3. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the taste

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  4. Harsh(adj)

    disagreeable to the ear

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  5. Harsh(adj)

    unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

  6. Harsh(adj)

    having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony

    Etymology: [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harsh

    härsh, adj. rough: bitter: jarring: abusive: severe: unkind.—v.t. Harsh′en, to render harsh.—adv. Harsh′ly.—n. Harsh′ness. [M. E. harsk, a northern word; cf. Sw. härsk and Dan. harsk, rancid, Ger. harsch, hard.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harsh' in Adjectives Frequency: #687

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harsh in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harsh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of harsh in a Sentence

  1. Natalie Rizzo:

    Sauerkraut does more than give your burger a delicious flavor boost, it’s actually a good source of probiotics, aka the good bacteria that live in your gut. These bacteria contribute to the health of your gut and are essential for a healthy digestive tract and immune function. Certain things like an unhealthy diet, undue stress, or a harsh round of antibiotics can affect the balance and health of the probiotics in the stomach. So it’s important to feed your gut with natural sources of probiotics, like sauerkraut.

  2. Jonathan Taylor:

    In Russia they have reacted saying it is outrageous and a harsh ban. I do think it is a ban that strikes a blow to the pride of the nation, no Russian flag, no Russian colors, no Russian president to accept the plaudits. Russia will not be there (in Tokyo or the 2022 soccer World Cup), President Putin will not be there. If Russia win the World Cup he will not be there to celebrate.

  3. Kaylie Hanson:

    The harsh reality is that this law will hurt women, as it puts up barriers to care for rape and incest survivors - no exceptions - and threatens the health of the mother, this law doesn't only undermine the most basic women's health services. It's radical, dangerous, and lacks respect for half the population of Wisconsin.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When I was growing up in a small village in India, the fairy-tales and children's stories led me to believe that villains and bad guys look like monsters, and they are really very rude and crude in their behavior. The movies during my generation also strengthened that perseption. As I grew up and travelled around the world, I soon realized the reality that the bad guys and villains are often good looking, well-behaved, silky smooth, sharp and smart...often too smart to gain your complete confidence before their brutal betrayal and them deceitfully back-stabbing you when you least expect it. We all discover this harsh reality hard way, after getting entangled at least once in their tantalizing tangled web of deception, that appearances can often be deceptive, and too good to be true - always! And yet, not all the times but only occasionally, the dreamer and optimist inside us likes to believe those fairy-tales and the happy-ending movies from childhood....

  5. Elizabeth Warren:

    These harsh tactics might work if you're willing to burn down the rest of the party in order to be the last man standing, but if we're going to beat Donald Trump in November, we are going to need huge turnout within our party, and to get that turnout, we will need a nominee that the broadest coalition of our party feels they can get behind. We can't afford to fall into factions. We can't afford to squander our collective power. We will win when we come together.

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